Richard Julius “Doc” Osmundson, 88, of East Grand Forks, MN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.
Richard was born on June 2, 1926 at St. Michael’s Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. He was the son of Irving A. and Alma (Typper) Osmundson. He was one of three children. He was baptized and confirmed at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church in East Grand Forks, MN where he was an active member as an elder and member of the choir for many years. He graduated from Central High School in East Grand Forks on June 8, 1944. After graduation he entered the United States Navy and received his Hospital Apprentice Second Class, V6 USNR on January 26, 1945. He had a 16 month tour of duty as a hospital corpsman at Sampson Naval Air Base in upper New York state. In 1945 he enrolled at the University of North Dakota in a three year predentistry curriculum. During those years his interest in music led him to join the Olaf Roisum Band which helped him finance his four years of Dental School at the University of Minnesota. He graduated from there with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree on June 14, 1952. On a blind date, he met the love of his life, Myrtle R. Johnson. They were united in marriage on November 1, 1952 in St. Paul, MN. After their union, Richard joined his father’s dental practice until Irvings death in 1961. Richard retired from practicing dentistry after 38 years. Richard was involved in two dental mission trips to Trujllo and Capan Honduras to provide dental care to the people in the impoverished country. Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was an active member in the East Grand Forks community. He was a member of Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, East Grand Forks Planning Commission for 12 years, Busy Beaver Carving Club, Senior Citizen Center, Heritage Foundation, American Legion for 50 years, Valley Chordsmen, Happy Norsemen Quartet for about 60 years, U of M Dental School Alumni Association, Kem Temple, Shriners/Chanters and Red River Lodge 292. He loved to fish, hunt, sing, wood carving and gardening. He enjoyed attending UND Sioux and East Grand Forks sports. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren Krista and Jordan’s activities.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Susan Osmundson and son Allen (Kim) Osmundson of East Grand Forks, MN; his grandchildren, Krista and Jordan Osmundson also of East Grand Forks and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife Myrt; parents Irving and Alma; sisters, Doris Markus and Shirley Smith.
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 8, 2015 in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, 528 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN
Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church followed by Masonic Service. Visitation will also continue for one hour prior Funeral Service on Thursday in the church.
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery ~ East Grand Forks, MN
Online Guestbook: www.dandahlfuneralhome.com
Arrangements By: Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota